Nasty Idols - 1991 - Cruel Intention
1. The Way Ya Walk
2. Cool Way Of Living
3. American Nights
4. Don’t Tear It Down
5. Alive N’ Kickin’
6. House Of Rock N’ Roll
8. Can’t Get Ya Off My Mind
9. Devil In Disguise
10. Westcoast City Rockers
11. Trashed N’ Dirty
12. Can’t Get Ya Off My Mind (Acoustic)
13. Sexshooter (2002 re-release)
14. Electric Wonderland (2002 re-release)
Finally, for a short moment I can stock the upcoming Glam & Sleaze acts and their awesome releases.
Yes, that means it’s time for a classic review about a fairly unknown band, one of the dirtiest acts of the early 90’s.
Years and years before Crashdiët was born, there was a band called Nasty Idols. Sweden did a great job in the late ‘80’s by exporting very cool sleaze rock acts to the United States.
Together with bands like Shotgun Messiah and the infamous Hanoi Rocks, Nasty Idols set their sights on bombarding America.
Packed with an aggressive sound, soaring vocals and a more mature image than the hundreds of Sunset Strip bands, these guys managed to get airplay on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.
Unfortunately, they got too less exposure on national television to become huge. I hear you thinking: just like a sh*tload of other promising bands.
In 1995, the Idols decided to break-up but only to reunite in 2006 for one last time. After this reunion, Nasty Idols began to record material for their most recent album Boys Town.
Anyway, I rather want to remember these Swedish glamsters as they were in their prime.
And besides that, due to the classic albums Cruel Intention and Vicious, Nasty Idols became the #1 Sleaze rock act in Sweden of that particular time, so there is reason enough to get this filthy party started!
"The Way Ya Walk" is quite a surprise. Usually, bands put one of their heavier tracks in the beginning, something I’m used to. So, that might be the reason why this song doesn’t rock my c*ck off. It creates the right vibe though, but doesn’t satisfy my expectations.
The second track is Nasty Idols’ hit single "Cool Way Of Living". I can be short about this one, because it’s a typical sleaze, hard-hittin’ track, bursting with ‘80’s attitude. Definitely something you sleazers can relate to!
We continue with "American Nights", which is kinda a mix between the two previous songs and in "Don't Tear It Down", a slower, but sophisticated musical approach can be heard.
With "Alive N' Kickin'", Nasty Idols shifts gear like a madman. It’s nothing like "Don't Tear It Down", which isn’t memorable neither for the music nor the lyrics. You truly feel that you (and Nasty Idols) are "Alive N' Kickin'"! Very powerful riffs and cheap lyrics take you into the right (read; sleazy) mood.
The next song is pretty cheesy... but who cares anyway? The only thing is that "House Of Rock N' Roll" uses the same formula as some of the previous tracks. Since we’re at the fifth song by now, it gets a bit old. There should have been some variety what would have made Cruel Intention better as a whole.
We’re moving on with a real treat; "B.I.T.C.H.". Probably my favourite song on Cruel Intention. It’s the kinda song you want to sing along all night and day. However, it does not contain the most interesting lyrics (cheap heat with a word like ‘bitch’). Recommended for all you party animals.
Of course, Nasty Idols had to put a ballad on Cruel Intention, in order to do well in the U.S. "Can't Get Ya Off My Mind" certainly isn’t bad, but the song’s build-up is just lame. I’ve heard this before, and better. But ladies and gentlemen; there’s a different, acoustic version of this ballad on the same disc! That’s flat-out crazy but on the other hand, Nasty Idols shows some balls!
I skip some songs. Consider them as good fillers.
"Trashed N' Dirty" has a sort of a Guns N' Roses vibe to it and is pretty entertaining.
In 2002, Perris Records re-released this album with two live bonus tracks; "Sexshooter" and "Electric Wonderland". Both nice additions.
I’ve got mixed feelings about Cruel Intention. It’s a well-produced and enjoyable record, but on the other hand it lacks originality.
Nasty Idols is a great band but unfortunately sometimes their stuff is a bit TOO predictable.
Anyway, as a Glam & Sleaze fan, you should have a great time with this classic.
Written by Jesse Gorvette
Last Updated (Sunday, 20 March 2011 10:34)